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June 20, 2004

Euro 2004: Group A: Greece 1, Spain 1 : Greeks battle back for a draw

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The News Review:

* EURO 2004: GROUP B / Croatia 2, France 2 : France continues living on…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Bulgaria 0-2 Denmark
* EURO 2004: GROUP B / England 3, Switzerland 0 : ‘Man Child’…
* Euro 2004: Group A: Greece 1, Spain 1 : Greeks battle back for a draw
* Euro 2004: Group A Portugal 2, Russia 0 : Hosts revive hopes and oust…
* Europe loony over Rooney
* EURO 2004: The result may send Sweden to the quarterfinals while…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Greece | Zagorakis hails epic run
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Lampard lures Gerrard
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Eriksson laughs off…
* Iberian battle: Spain vs. Portugal in Euro 2004
* World Cup 2006 | 20.06.2004 More than Just the Shirt on your Back
* Catching Euro magic
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Beckham remembers Romania
* Analysis of Media Coverage of Johnson’s Beheading; Euro 2004 and…
* SI.com – Soccer – Group C: Italy coach grilled for defensive tactics…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Clockwatch: Russia 2-1 Greece
* The English disease
* Euro 2004 fever grips Asia in frenzy of fanatic gambling
* Where are the nEUROtics?

EURO 2004: GROUP B / Croatia 2, France 2 : France continues living on…
International Herald Tribune – Jun 18, 2004
The third change was also the result of suspension. Baric brought back Igor Tudor, who had been suspended for the first game, and rested the captain and center back Boris Zivkovic. Tudor did not have a happy return. After 22 minutes, Zidane curled a free kick across the Croatian goalmouth from wide on the left. With Henry lurking dangerously behind him, Tudor swung a boot at it and deflected the ball into the bottom of his own net. Before and after Tudor's intervention, France struggled to hit the target. Seconds after the goal and from almost the same position, Zidane aimed another free kick at the near post, but his shot hit the netting at the side of the goal.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Bulgaria 0-2 Denmark
BBC News – Jun 18, 2004
It was not a very pleasant milestone as Petrov received two yellow cards and was the fifth player at Euro 2004 to be sent off. It was the 28th red card in the history of the European Championships. Bulgaria still have not scored a goal at Euro 2004. This means that Hristo Stoichkov remains the only Bulgarian player ever to have scored a goal at the European Championship.

EURO 2004: GROUP B / England 3, Switzerland 0 : ‘Man Child’…
International Herald Tribune – Jun 18, 2004
The yellow card for that offense possibly helped concentrate Rooney's mind on what he should be doing within the rules of the game. He popped up to score a fine header, an amalgam of fearless running into the goal mouth, of anticipation, of timing. When he made contact with his head on the ball he could not miss, for he was barely three yards from the net. But in the buildup, as Gerrard advanced tenaciously down the right and passed back to David Beckham, the England captain, who swung the ball to the opposite side of the penalty box, Rooney was already making his run through the middle. And when Michael Owen chipped the ball precisely into Rooney's path, the goal looked easy. After 75 minutes Rooney effectively put an end to the match. He had already outlasted Owen, who was withdrawn after wasting what for him would normally have been an easy scoring chance… The ball rebounded into the keeper and over the line. "I hit it as hard as I could, and luckily enough it went in," Rooney said. Rooney did not use the usual back lift of the foot before connecting with the shot. It is a gift to be able to hit so powerfully without that action, a gift close to genius. With the Swiss now physically spent, England greedily extracted one final score. Gerrard began a move in midfield, sweeping the ball from left to right to Beckham, struggling to justify a place on the team, never mind the hysterical hype over his sponsorships. Beckham waited, then rolled the ball forward to Gary Neville, who was sprinting into the box ahead of him.

Euro 2004: Group A: Greece 1, Spain 1 : Greeks battle back for a draw
International Herald Tribune – Jun 18, 2004
The ball floated across the penalty box, and Angelos Charisteas was astounded to find himself free. He was quick to capitalize on his space and drove the ball in with his left foot. "This shows that our win over Portugal was not a fluke," Charisteas said. "We are a serious team, with character and experience. We will fight for everything. " The game finished 1-1, the Spaniards could not believe that their mastery had been so cheaply given away, and the 25,444 spectators, overwhelmingly Spanish, cursed the moment. So, no doubt, did Portugal… "We are a serious team, with character and experience. We will fight for everything. " The game finished 1-1, the Spaniards could not believe that their mastery had been so cheaply given away, and the 25,444 spectators, overwhelmingly Spanish, cursed the moment. So, no doubt, did Portugal. The host nation could ill afford to see this encounter drawn, as it now must beat its neighbor Spain in Lisbon on Sunday to stand a chance of qualifying for the second round.

Euro 2004: Group A Portugal 2, Russia 0 : Hosts revive hopes and oust…
International Herald Tribune – Jun 18, 2004
Deco aimed a low pass at his Porto teammate Maniche at the penalty spot, and the midfielder collected the ball, spun, and shot inside the near post. But the old Portuguese failings quickly reappeared. They dominated possession but could not create other chances. The Russians defended robustly. Alexei Smertin, the Russian captain, received his second yellow card of the tournament and will miss the last game, against Greece. But Russia did not take its first shot on goal until the 34th minute, when Dmitri Loskov's free kick from 40 meters drifted wide. The balance of the match shifted even further toward Portugal just before halftime, when the Portuguese finally pried the defense open… The Russians defended robustly. Alexei Smertin, the Russian captain, received his second yellow card of the tournament and will miss the last game, against Greece. But Russia did not take its first shot on goal until the 34th minute, when Dmitri Loskov's free kick from 40 meters drifted wide. The balance of the match shifted even further toward Portugal just before halftime, when the Portuguese finally pried the defense open. As Pauleta sprinted clear of the defense, Sergei Ovchinnkov, the Russian goalkeeper, slid out the box, stopping the ball with his chest — but, as he tried to get his right hand out of the way, bringing his left hand down on the ball. He was sent off, leaving Russia to play, once again, with 10 men. Neither team showed much sign of scoring early in the second half.

Europe loony over Rooney
The Age – Jun 20, 2004
” Le Monde described Rooney’s style as “poisonous to his opponent, making his elders look ridiculous” and A Bola, the Portuguese sports daily, hailed Rooney as “the new darling of English football, a matador whose goals have earned him a place in history”. In Germany, Tagespiegel declared: “Fantastic, unbelievable, sensational, England celebrated its new lion king. ” “He is the man of the day, and not just in England,” coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said, and the confirmation from UEFA that he had been confirmed as scorer of the second goal against Switzerland only added to Rooneymania. His name has the most hits on Euro 2004’s official website – yes, even more than Beckham – and the front page of Portugal’s Correio da Manha was devoted to a picture of his somersaulting goal celebrations. He may have something to learn in the art of gymnastics, but the rest of the football world seems to have fallen head over heels for him. “Playing like that at the age of 18 is simply incredible,” the newspaper swooned. If there was a history of big-headedness, there would be a temptation to worry about how Rooney might react to Sir Bobby Robson comparing him to Pele even before the tournament began or seeing Arsene Wenger describe him yesterday as “unstoppable”.

EURO 2004: The result may send Sweden to the quarterfinals while…
Taipei Times – Jun 20, 2004
PHOTO: AFP Not a single team has reached the last eight after seven days of the three-week European championship. On Saturday, the Czech Republic faced the Netherlands and could advance with a victory. Latvia, a 500-1 longshot, faces Germany in the other Group D match. Ibrahimovic scored in the 85th as Italy seemed on the verge of victory.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Greece | Zagorakis hails epic run
BBC News – Jun 20, 2004
“It took us some seconds to understand what happened out there,” said Zagorakis. “We are delighted to have fulfilled all our promises. ”

“We have made Greece not just the talk of Europe but also of the world. Coach Otto Rehhagel agreed: “This tournament is already a big success for us so now we will just enjoy it… “It took us some seconds to understand what happened out there,” said Zagorakis. “We are delighted to have fulfilled all our promises. ”

“We have made Greece not just the talk of Europe but also of the world. Coach Otto Rehhagel agreed: “This tournament is already a big success for us so now we will just enjoy it. ”

Greece lost 2-1 to Russia in their final Group A match but progressed on goal difference. Rehhagel’s side started sluggishly and were made to pay when Russia struck twice in the first half.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Lampard lures Gerrard
BBC News – Jun 19, 2004
“He is another one Chelsea are in for and any player who strengthens our squad and team will be welcome. ”

Gerrard and Lampard have played alongside each other in both of England’s Euro 2004 matches. The pair have also got a goal apiece, laying aside fears they would not be able to express their attacking qualities as part of the same midfield. “I think it helps that we are both similar,” said Lampard. “We’re both attacking players but I hope we’re clever enough to instinctively know who is going to sit back while the other goes forward.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Eriksson laughs off…
BBC News – Jun 18, 2004
I have to make the strategy as a coach and explain it to the players. “I have to be sure the players understand it, accept it. I am not going onto the pitch – the players are.

Iberian battle: Spain vs. Portugal in Euro 2004
Newsweek – Jun 19, 2004
So the big day is Sunday, when Portugal plays Spain in Lisbon. Portuguese player Pedro Pauleta has suggested it’s a showdown “nobody wanted. ” At least not this soon. Portugal hasn’t beaten Spain for 23 years. They played nine months ago in Portugal, and Spain won 3-0 — triggering depression across Portugal. “It’s a final,” Pauleta said. “There’s so much at stake for us… “It’s a final,” Pauleta said. “There’s so much at stake for us. We’re not favorites, but we can’t let the country down again. ”It was the 17th century when the last Spanish army attempted to invade this small town, nestled behind 1,000-year-old fortress walls. On Sunday, hungry Spaniards will stop here for lunch before finishing the 120-mile drive west to Lisbon. The winner advances to the quarterfinals of the 16-team championship. Spain can also qualify with a draw, and even mathematically with a loss.

World Cup 2006 | 20.06.2004 More than Just the Shirt on your Back
Deutsche Welle – Jun 20, 2004
The companies responsible for kitting out the Euro 2004 competitors are not only concerned with developing innovative technology for their clients. They are also well aware that the 22 men in each international squad will not be the only ones to sport their shirts. The stadiums of Portugal will be filled with fans displaying their countries colors in the stands. Just as the tickly aertex of bygone days is now a thing of the past, thankfully so are the designers who sent their teams out to do battle in shirts which wouldn’t have looked out of place in a garage sale or charity shop. Fashion is a factor that sports manufacturers have finally cottoned onto.

Catching Euro magic
Times of India – Jun 18, 2004
Euro 2004 might not have generated the same hype as
World Cup 2002, but there are soccer fans in Ahmedabad who are watching the
great action on the field — thanks to their televisions. And they are
enjoying every bit of
it. “So far
I have watched all the matches. I thoroughly enjoyed the match between Italy and
Denmark. I am sure as the league matches progress, it will be more exciting,”
says Anil K Bhandari, a bank
executive.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Beckham remembers Romania
BBC News – Jun 20, 2004
This team won’t become complacent. We can’t afford to. ”

LOOKING BACK TO FOUR YEARS AGO… LOSING THE LEAD IN FIRST GAME
Euro 2000: England started Euro 2000 with a defeat to Portugal who came from behind to win 3-2. Euro 2004: England took the lead against France, who then came back with two injury-time Zinedine Zidane goals to win 2-1. WINNING THEIR SECOND GAME
Euro 2000: England recovered to earn a confidence-boosting 1-0 victory over arch-rivals Germany. Euro 2004: A 3-0 win over Switzerland saw England firmly back on course to qualify. ONLY NEEDING A DRAW TO QUALIFY
Euro 2004: England only need to avoid defeat against Croatia to reach the last eight in Portugal.

Analysis of Media Coverage of Johnson’s Beheading; Euro 2004 and…
CNN International – Jun 19, 2004
THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. NIC ROBERTSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hello. I’m Nic Robertson in London. Welcome to CNN’S INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENTS, where we examine how the media are covering the big stories of the moment. It’s pictures like these that are becoming all too familiar: American employee Paul Johnson bound up and blindfolded after being taken hostage in Saudi Arabia… So, I think we’ll sometimes show the facts of the case, that someone has been kidnapped. We won’t show people in situations where they’re particularly stressed or where particularly unpleasant things are being threatened or, worse case, are happening. ROBERTSON: Jason, do you feel there’s pressure as well, when the story is out there about some of these groups or radicals, that you really have to follow it, you really have to go and give some detail on it, and put it in the public eye the same way, which is playing into the hands of some of these groups? JASON BURKE, AUTHOR: There’s certainly the pressure. There’s bound to be the pressure, certainly in print media, once television are leading, we have to follow. Otherwise, we just look very odd. We don’t have the images, so much now of news is image-lead. We have to have those pictures there.

SI.com – Soccer – Group C: Italy coach grilled for defensive tactics…
SI.com – Jun 19, 2004
"If we had won 1-0, nobody would be criticizing Trapattoni for the choices he made. " Gattuso asked out of the match in the 76th with a leg injury. The problem does not seem serious, but he will miss the Bulgaria match on Tuesday for picking up two yellow cards in two matches. Captain and defender Fabio Cannavaro will also miss the Bulgaria match with two yellow cards, and star playmaker Francesco Totti will serve the second of a three-match ban for spitting at a Danish opponent in the team’s Euro 2004 opener, a 0-0 draw. Also, midfielder Cristiano Zanetti missed the Sweden match with a leg injury, and Vieri has a minor problem with his left knee. If Sweden and Denmark finish Monday in a 2-2 or higher draw in their final Group C match, that would eliminate Italy and up the two Scandinavian teams in the quarterfinals. Italy must win to have any chance of advancing… " Gattuso asked out of the match in the 76th with a leg injury. The problem does not seem serious, but he will miss the Bulgaria match on Tuesday for picking up two yellow cards in two matches. Captain and defender Fabio Cannavaro will also miss the Bulgaria match with two yellow cards, and star playmaker Francesco Totti will serve the second of a three-match ban for spitting at a Danish opponent in the team’s Euro 2004 opener, a 0-0 draw. Also, midfielder Cristiano Zanetti missed the Sweden match with a leg injury, and Vieri has a minor problem with his left knee. If Sweden and Denmark finish Monday in a 2-2 or higher draw in their final Group C match, that would eliminate Italy and up the two Scandinavian teams in the quarterfinals. Italy must win to have any chance of advancing. Trapattoni dismissed any conspiracy theory.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Clockwatch: Russia 2-1 Greece
BBC News – Jun 20, 2004
57 mins: Nuno Gomes puts Portugal ahead against Spain – which means that Greece would still go through if the scores remain the same. 55 mins: Charisteas loops the header high over the bar from a corner as Greece – urged on by their fans – try and find an equaliser. 54 mins: Left-back Sennikov comes on in place of centre-back Sharanov who will not resume. 52 mins: Sharanov goes down injured after being caught on the back of the calf by Charisteas and Greece captain Zagorakis has to pump the ball out of play. 49 mins: Tsiartas has the first real chance for Greece after the break as he volleys the ball goalwards but it only finds Russian keeper Malafeev. 48 mins: Again Gusev leads the Russian attack as he fires two crosses into the box but no-one gets on the end of them to capitalise. 46 mins: Russia make two changes for the second half Semshov comes in on the left of midfield for Kariaka while 20-year-old striker Sychev replaces Bulykin.

The English disease
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 20, 2004
The genesis of a political party is, in at least one respect, identical to the birth of a riot. Both are about creating critical mass. That is not a defence of soccer hooligans. Euro 2004 has thrown up images awful even beyond the English norm. Especially horrifying are the stories of drunken fathers screaming at policemen, as their small and exhausted children look on. In term time, and way past midnight, tomorrow’s rioters are being groomed. Such images may affront the middle classes.

Euro 2004 fever grips Asia in frenzy of fanatic gambling
Taipei Times – Jun 19, 2004
PHOTO: AFP From snowy Himalayan valleys to steaming tropical cities, Asians are losing a lot of sleep — and money — as Euro 2004 fever infects a continent where soccer is passionately followed if not always brilliantly played. Given time differences, Asian workers, and sometimes their bosses, are arriving at offices in a groggy state, or not at all, after watching games into the early morning hours. Family quarrels over Euro 2004 viewing are also being reported. About one-third of the 3,357 people who responded to a survey in the Chinese city of Shanghai said they planned to ask for time off from work to see at least some of the games. Another 19 percent said they were buying bigger television sets to better enjoy the soccer fiesta. “If you are staying up late to catch the live telecast, make sure you are able to go to work and not be late,” warned Malaysia’s Sports Minister Azlina Othaman, although her lecture doesn’t appear to have been heeded as clubs, restaurants and outdoor foodstalls all over the country stay open late to cater to fans. Traders on Bursa Malaysia, the national stock exchange, say many people are taking a less than normal interest in price movements… 4 million in bets, newspapers reported. But such hits are believed to reveal just the tip of an Asian gambling iceberg. “My wife has told me not to play but I’m addicted to it like a drug. Many people are also addicted to it like I am although we rarely win,” said Nguon Chuon, a 57-year-old clothing seller, after placing a legal US$10 bet in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Betting on foreign soccer teams has become routine for many in Cambodia, where 45 percent of the population lives on US$1 a day. Before the European championships kicked off in Portugal, Asia’s soccer governing body urged Asian governments to legalize betting on soccer matches, saying it would accelerate the sport’s progress in the region. “Football is now developing into an industry and it generates a great amount of revenue,” said Peter Velappan, secretary-general of the Asian Football Confederation.

Where are the nEUROtics?
Times of India – Jun 20, 2004
But then he and his girls are probably just three of the handful of die-hard
football enthusiasts in Lucknow who are following the Euro matches closely. While the tourney may have
turned out to be a damp squib in Lucknow, the Roys have religiously sat up night
after night and cheered every free-kick and free-pass. Says a miffed Roy, who is
also the Chairman of Lucknow Football Association,

Arre

let alone watch, most people in Lucknow don’t even know that Euro 2004 is on. In
fact, I have my doubts if anybody here even knows what Euro 2004 is! Though I
have heard some people drop names like Ronaldo, Beckham, Zidane or Henry in
their conversations, it’s more because these guys are celebrities in their own
right.

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